Higher Learning Commission site visit continues through Feb. 29

February 27, 2012 | News, UToday
By Kim Goodin

A team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will be on Health Science and Main campuses through Wednesday, Feb. 29, as part of UT’s continuing accreditation process.

“This site visit is the culmination of nearly three years of reflection, evaluation and planning,” said Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti, vice provost for assessment and strategic planning. “We’ve presented a self-study report as a means of communicating how we meet the Higher Learning Commission’s five key criteria toward continued accreditation. Now it’s time for the HLC team to get a hands-on look at how we strive toward excellence in education.”

Forums for faculty, staff and students to participate in the site visit are scheduled today and tomorrow:

Faculty forums
Monday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m.
Student Union Room 2582, Main Campus
Health Education Building Room 110, Health Science Campus

Staff forums
Monday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Room 2592, Main Campus
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m.
Toledo Hilton Oak Room, Health Science Campus

Student forums
Monday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Room 2584, Main Campus
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.
Health Education Building Room 103, Health Science Campus

The forums will serve as opportunities for members of the HLC team to verify and expand on information presented in UT’s self-study report, available at utoledo.edu/accreditation/pdf/selfstudy.pdf.

The self-study is based on evaluation of UT’s achievement in five key criteria determined by the HLC: mission and integrity; planning for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.

The HLC team will meet with administrative leaders Wednesday morning to present preliminary comments regarding of the site visit.

More comprehensive information will be released throughout the next few months and reported in UT News.

“The continuing accreditation process has been quite valuable to UT as an institution,” Poplin Gosetti said. “Self-reflection is a meaningful way to determine what you’re doing well and what needs improvement. We’ve already made significant headway in some of the areas we’ve identified for improvement and will continue to do so in other areas long after the site visit.”

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